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Report the sale of the vehicle

If there is a change of keeper, the previous keeper or owner must notify the competent registration authority immediately for the purpose of changing the vehicle register.

Depending on the services offered by the registration authority, a corresponding form is available for download.

A notification is not necessary if the purchaser has already informed the registration authority of the changes. The purchaser must notify the registration authority responsible for his place of residence or registered office of the new owner data and the vehicle data immediately after the change of owner and, on request, provide evidence of this, apply for a new registration certificate Part I and submit the registration certificate Part II for the change (transfer).

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district and the district-free city in which you reside.

In this case, the main residence according to the identity card is decisive. In the case of legal entities, it is the registered office of the principal place of business or the seat of the branch.

Which documents are required?

The notification must include the registration number of the vehicle, the surname, first name and full address of the purchaser and confirmation that the registration certificate has been handed over.

What are the fees?

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The sale of a vehicle must be reported to the registration authority in writing without delay.

Legal basis

Vehicle Registration Ordinance (FZV)


As a rule, the legal remedy is to bring an action.

If the previous keeper or owner does not comply with his obligation to notify or if the vehicle is not immediately re-registered or taken out of service, or if the data provided by the new owner or owner prove to be incorrect, the registration authority may request the registration certificate to be submitted to it in the traffic bulletin with a period of four weeks. If the bid expires unsuccessfully, the registration of the vehicle ends. The licensing authority notifies the previous holder or owner of the end of the registration.

It is highly recommended to check the buyer's details with an ID card or passport. The seller remains the owner of the vehicle even after the sale until it has been transferred to a new owner or taken out of service by the latter.

Have the buyer confirm in writing the receipt of the documents handed over (e.g. registration certificate part I (vehicle registration document), registration certificate part II (vehicle registration document), certificate of technical inspections carried out (HU, AU, possibly also SP) as well as other documents such as installation approvals, exemption permits, etc.

If you are selling abroad, you should definitely take the vehicle out of service before selling it so that your owner obligations (motor vehicle liability insurance, motor vehicle tax) are over. A later decommissioning is lengthy and expensive due to the fact that vehicle documents are usually no longer available.

It is also possible for the purchaser to take the vehicle abroad in a way other than the registered condition (e.g. export license plate, transport vehicle and sometimes even with short-term license plates).

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible


Reiner Egbring
Telephone: 05931 44-4004
K II, 4
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)